No Two PhDs are the Same

Unlike starting an Undergraduate or a Master’s course, starting a PhD can be very lonely because, well, you’re the only person doing your research. There’s no standard reading list, no organised seminars or lectures, and no official course mates who you can sympathise with when you don’t understand a topic. Put simply, no two PhDs…

Managing Health Conditions During your PhD

As research students, our work in libraries and laboratories is intellectually difficult whatever your subject. Having a medical condition or disability can make completing researching even more challenging. However, support and guidance are readily available at Warwick. Giles Penman explains how the University has helped him survive and thrive as a PhD student with medical…

Welcome (back) to Warwick as a PhD student

It’s the start of the new academic year and that means the start of a PhD for some students. Congratulations! In today’s blog, two Ellie writes about her perspectives of starting a PhD at Warwick. Ellie has been here since her undergraduate degree, so what tips does she have for finding your feet when being…

Pandemic and PhD #1: Maintaining Mental Wellbeing

The COVID pandemic has been very challenging for everyone in many ways. As doctoral students whose work keeps us relatively isolated in libraries and labs anyway, we have faced extra isolation and problems of access to research materials. But, as the UK moves out of lockdown restrictions, Giles Penman reflects on his time researching during…

Me? A subject expert?

Beyond the thesis submission for a PhD, research can be full of little wins and developments that send you on your way to becoming a subject expert. Hear from blogger Ellie King about the fears and joys of these things happening.

OnTrack and Creativity: wellbeing through drawing

The continuing restrictions of the lockdown in the UK have frustrated many and put a strain on wellbeing. But creative activities, such as drawing and painting, have a proven positive effect on wellbeing. Giles Penman discuss the benefits of drawing which he, University of Warwick Wellbeing Adviser Janet Winter and other research students encountered in an OnTrack session earlier this term.

Adding pauses in your PhD

As with anything, the key to a healthy PhD is an effective work-life balance. It is important to take pauses and breaks during your PhD to avoid burnout and so that you can enjoy what you do rather than viewing it as a liability. Manpreet Kaur discusses how she sprinkles breaks in her weeks and months.

Cooking during PhD for wellbeing and health

Life as a researcher can be very hectic with long hours in the library or the laboratory. And after all that hard and tiring work it can be all too easy to reach for the takeaway menu or the ready meal. But Giles Penman discusses his experiences of cooking to relieve stress and promote health and wellbeing.